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N, B.— The above cuts are taken from Graining done with plates, Nob. 25, 9, 83, 2, 28, 4 and 12. Commencing wit* 

light plate No. 25, at top and ending with Heart plate No. 4, at bottom, the side long strip being done with rosewood" plat* 
No. 12. Though this graining looks passably well, it falU far short of being as handsome graining work as the pistes will 
do. Yet it is as good as can possibly be shown by an engraving representing graining. 









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These plates enable any person, skilled or unskilled, to pro- 
duce artistic and natural graining in a prolific and 
endless variety of designs in less than quarter 
the usual time required heretofore. 



Dear Sir* : 

Having attained by perseverance and strict attention to this one specialty (being 
thorough ,v Practical Grainers by profession) an unbounded reputation and popularity 
for these special go ids from almost every known clime — receiving orders even from 
Europe, Australia and the Indies; and the thousands of foreign and domestic letters 
that have been received, praising our Graining Tools in the highest terms, proves the 
fact that our goods are all that is claimed for them by us as being the Kest Grain* 
ing Tool, Process, or Machine, for Graining, in the known world ; and also a 
long- felt want that has never heretofore been filled, though several futile and unsuc- 
cessful attempts of glue rubber rollers, paper transfers, blotters, etc., which 
have proved worthless for house pa inters, &c, and are now dead and out of existence, 
which goes to prove the fact that our Graining Tools have come to stay and scoring 
another evidence of the proof that the survival of the fittest will and must exist. 
This has been thoroughly verified to the fullest extent by the severest tests of the 
past ten years, in which time our tools have been brought to the very highest point 

I have been induced to issue and forward you this pamphlet, which I 
now offer to the general trade, and particularly to those most interested 
in producing first-class graining in a quick and profitable manner, confi- 
dent that the interest felt by all good painters and grainers throughout 
the country, thoroughly in earnest regarding the welfare of their business, 
is sufficient to insure it a hearty welcome and recomendation from them, 
and into their hands I sincerely hope it may come, well knowing that 
such a time and labor-saving invention will fill a great and vacant want 
long felt and badly needed by the most experienced as well as the most 
inexperienced grainer, particularly at this day and age of rapidity and ex- 
cellence in every department of workmanship and mechanism. We know 
full well that the invention of a method for producing good graining in 
a quick and easy manner by both learned and inexperienced has been the 
great and difficult problem long attempted to be solved, and the records of 
all inventions to date have been feeble attempts and but a succession 
of failures, one after the other, until the grand discovery of our Perfor- , 
ated Metallic Graining Plates, as herewith described. 

The following descriptions and engravings, which are finely executed 
from photographs and fully described in the annexed pages, will thor- 
oughly satisfy the severest critic at a glance that it is not the result of a 
passing thought, put crudely into practice, but the acme of mechanical 
skill, reached step by step, through many years of labor, experience ancjt 
study, for in producing our Graining Plates in their present perfected 
shape and designs, we have not only secured everything that can be im- 
agined or desired whereby the very best work in the most rapid and 
easy manner can be attained, but have far excelled our every at- 
tempt made in this direction heretofore, as well as double-distanced 
every other competitor of similar inventions in the field. Therefore any 
outfit of any No. of plate set of the graining tools, wel) shown and thor- 
oughly explained in the following pages, presents the most elegant 
equipment in appearance, at the same time combining greater simplicity, 
strength, durability, cheapness (though costing double as much to manu- 
facture as any other graining process ), and less weight to carry {full 
set being less than 5 lbs.) than any other graining outfit or machine in 
existence. All catalogue sets are standard design plates from nature. 


Ri3iigaviiin Asli, French Wslnut and SUpla Pl.ue. No. 27. Mnuuffiuy, Satiu-H uod, Malum, Ac. Feather Piute. No. 28. 

Showing complete 14 Plate set. Price only $30.00 
Each Plate is numbered. 

WM. J. BREGENZER, 771 Central Ave., S. E., Cleveland, O. 


Mahogany, Satin-wood, Walnut Ac. 

Crotch or Feather Phite. No. 28. 
























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Hungarian Ash and French Walnut Burl Plate 
No. 27. 

Brazilian Rosewood Plate, for Coffin and Casket Work, Ko. 13, 
The above engravings show a choice complete 10 plate set, with working attachments included. 

Price, $23.50 


N. B.— Nearly all the plates shown on this page, including Nos. 27 and 28, are a tride shorter 
than those on the 1st page, and makes an excellent KJ plate set. With Comb and Stippler, price S'20.00. 

N. B— Most any of the heart plates shown on both these pages are well adapted for either oair, 
walnut, ash, chestnut, butternut or white walnut graining, &c. Changing grounds and grain- 
ing colors to suit the wood to be imitated, see instructions accompanying every set of plates. 

Patent Applied ror 

Showing the group of plate working attachments, consisting of a top or overgrainer. box of steel combs, Badger hair blender, 
cneot stippler, and mode of rolling the same on the work. 

P. S.— Oak lights are sometimes termed champs, sap-work, dapples. &c, but are more generally 
known by the term lights, and for the others, growth or hearts, feathers or crotches. 

WM. J. BREGENZER, 771 Central Ave., S. E., Cleveland, O. 

4th PAG!] of engravings. 

Hungarian Ash French Walnut Burl a 
Maple Plate. No. '2.1. 

.Mahogany, Satin-wood, Walnut, Oak Ac. 
Crotch or Feather Plate. No. 28. 

distemper c./., 

in distemper colors ; (the term distemper color here means graining color mixed and ground 

fine in equal parts of sour beer and water). See sample of crotch work on bottom d lor, page 8. 

This three plate set. Price $6.00. 

Showing the Rosewood Plate 12, for coffin and casket work and all rosewood oil grain ing,usecl 
With best etfeet in distemper, using damp chamois or cloth, and tine tteel wiping comb. 




This 1st Engraving shows French Burl Walnut Graining m distemper 
color, done with Plate 27, which mottles the work into burls or knots, 
by promiscuously wiping and moving the plate here and there simulta- 
neously and apparently in a reckless and random manner, which is after- 
wards well blended across the grain, very lightly, until dry; then top- 
grained with same color a little darker in curls or graceful sweeps, and 
again well blended across the grain, lightly, until dry; then stippled with 
the check stippler in curls or curves as before, in oil color, and is then 
ready for varnishing, when dry. 

This 2d Engraving is a section of work done with Heart Plate No. 4, 
turned and joined end to end. 

The 3d Engraving is a sample of same done with Plate No. 11, turned 
and joined end to end, as before, and both these (plates 4 and 11) could 
be connected with the finger and cloth, if desired, into one long heart. 

Any plate in set can be thus joined end to end, middle to end, or top 
to bottom, in whole lengths or in sections, to make long, continued 
stretches of either hearts or lights, as various portions of the plates are 
used at intervals to make variety of pattern ; so that with any one plate 
a great many pieces of work may be made entirely different ; and an 
endless variety of work may be secured, and all tame repetition of pat-^ 
terns avoided, as the next cut will more fully explain. 


This 4th Engraving shows an extended Growth or Heart made with the 
No. 2 Plate changed round and matched at differennt sections of the 
plate. Any heart plate in set being thus used is well suited for oak, ash 
or walnut, by changing ground and grainiug colors to suit the wood to 
be imitated and moving or sliding the plate, as the next engraving fully 
describes. The knots or shades shown at outer edge of work are then 
put in with the knot plate shown inbestsotsinEngravings, and fully des- 
cribed in the color and using instruction accompanying the plates. 

WM J. BREGENZER, 771 Central Ave., S. E., Cleveland, O. 



This 5th Engraving shows Plate 6 in actual sliding use. Any plate in 
set can be thus slid along over the wet color with one hand, while wiping 
out with wide fine steel comb (teeth lapped in a piece of graining cloth) 
with the other hand. There is no cloth over the comb shown in engrav- 
ing simply to show the position of the comb, which is held almost flat 
while wiping quickly over the p>late, as the plate moves slowly along 
in straight or graceful curves over the wet color, producing graining 
in an almost endless and ever-changing variety cf design, and suitable far 
the grain of almost any wood desired to he grained, by changing grounds 
and graining colors to suit the wood to be imitated. Sliding the plate in 
the opposite direction makes the graining work smaller and finer 
if desired. The coarse steel comb, shown at A, is a common three inch 
comb that had once 9 teeth in all, but every alternate tooth is purposely 
broken out, leaving but five teeth in all. Such are easily made from old 
coarse steel combs. In using, a piece of cloth is put over the teeth,, 
which is all that is needed to comb or continue out the sides of the heart 
work into plain combing to any width of heart desired. The small 
pores or checks as shown in the work are put in after with the check 
stippler. The entire work is then well blended against the heart points 
or grain of the hearts, which gives the softened or feather edge to the 
work, which is then completed. 

This 6th or last Engraving shows a panel of Oak Lights done with 
Plate 24, matched or joined edge to edge, and also end to end, whi:h 
shows a wide double width finished panel, with all the work in the 
center of the panel, instead of just one edge, and balance combed as is 
usually done. With the Oak Light plate, sliding movement, as per 
No. 6 Heart Plate, like sliding sample herewith shown in the above 
hth Engraming 1, the oak lights in any of the plates are expanded, 
enlarged or scattered more separate and further apart, and making if 
desired, less than one-half the amount of dappled work appear on the 
door, or work to be grained, than is in the plate itself whtn held steady 
and wiped without sliding it, Thus are great and beautif'il Varieties 
obtained, and excellent work accomplished in the most rapid and easy 
manner, even by the mosb inexperienced grainer. See color and work- 
ing instructions accompanying every set of plates. 



The above plates are a choice collection of a full complete 8 Plate Set, and all working at- 
tachments included. Any of tne above plates may be omitted and others »chosen from any page 
of engravings to suit the purchaser, if desired. Price, §\Q 5Q 

The above plates are a choice Six Plate Set complete, with all general working attachment* 
included. Any Other selections rrom any page may be substituted for these II desired. 

I'rlce, $15.50. 
WM. J. BREGENZER, 771 Central Ave., S. E., Cleveland, O. 


The four plate set shown above is a neat selection, and is what is in use by 
the operator graining the door side, in the engraving below. Other selections, 
from any pages, may be chosen and substituted by the purchaser, if de- 
sired Price $10.50, or $9.00 without working tools, but including working 
somb, stippler and 1 pad 

Shows the manner of using the plates while graining a door side, or other 



Description and Mode of Operation. 

These plates are undoubtedly the only applicable and perfect method 
3ver invented for graining the imitations of the various kinds of wood, and 
ire well adapted to the wants of house painters, grainers, furniture, re : 
frigerator and coffin manufacturers, and manufacturers of japanned 
tin, pails, and painted ware generally, being easy of application, rapid 
of execution, neat, clean, durable and cheap, and not requiring for their 
adequate performance, skill acquired by long practice, but can be suc- 
cessfully performed by the comparatively inexperienced more rapidly 
than by the most skillful under the old process. 

Hitherto the operation of graining has been slow, tedious, laborious 
and expensive. It is claimed, however, for this method, that at least 
fully six times as much work can be performed by its use as could be 
done in the same amount of time required heretofore, while the quality 
of the work is par excellent with the best hand graining or thumb 

These plates are arranged together in sets, and are neat in appear- 
ance, light, portable, handy and durable, they being made of thin, 
strong, pliant and flexible metal, and are thus capable of having all the 
lights or champs, hearts or growths, crotches or feathers, knots, &c, 
successfully wiped out, clean and natural, through the cut pattern de- 
signed in the plate, and are sufficiently pliant and flexible for graining 
any small, irregular, sunk or raised panels or surfaces of any size, heavy 
mouldings, wainscot, or any general work, and the plates being of a 
metallic nature are easily and continually kept clean, and bright by con- 
stant use, the surfaces of which are corrugated to admit air between the 
plates and graining color, which effectually protects the wet graining 
color from being blurred and naturally improves the work while being op- 

The operation is as follows : The desired graining color is painted on 
the door wainscot, or work intended to be grained, with the rubbing-in 
or paint brush, and the panels or places intended for lights or dapples, 
(but not for hearts), are combed as heretofore. Immediately thereafter 
the plate is put against the wet graining color and held firm and station- 
ary with one hand, while with the other the widest steel comb, the teeth 
of which are lapped in one layer of common cloth or cotton flannel, is 
drawn over once or a few times, which penetrates the opening of the plate 
and cleanly removes the wet color laying under the cut patterns in quan- 
tity, (see engraving of operator graining a door). The plate is then re- 
moved, the work blended lightly (and shaded ii desired when dry,) and 
is completed. 


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The operator, as shown in the engraving, is in the action of wiping 
out the oak lights on the door panel, and is using the oak light plate 
No. 25 in four plate set shown at the right hand lower corner of the en- 
graving-, the color being first rubbed in on the door and combed as here- 
tofore, the operator having just finished the lockrail with the growth, 
or heart plate No. % and top cross stiling with heart plate No. 6, the 
color being first rubbed or brushed on the work as heretofore, but 
not combecl or blended until the heart is first wiped out. Any of these 
hearts are capable of graining oak, ash, chestnut, walnut, butternut, etc., 
in great variety, by sliding the plates and wiping out while in motion, 
which makes the hearts large or small, fine or coarse, as required, at the 
operator's will. The middle door stilings are done with the oak light, 
plate No. 35 (shown on 1st page of engravings), which is dark lights, the 
color being simply brushed through the plate on the work after the comb- 
ing is dry. The lower left hand door panel has been grained with the 
Hungarian Ash plate No. 27, simply to show its form. This plate also 
does splendid French walnut when used in distemper color, wiping out 
promiscuously over its surface with a damp chamoise leather lapped over 
the teeth of the wide and finest steel comb, and then blending the work 
across the panel in one direction until fully dry, which should after- 
ward be over-grained in curls or graceful sweeps, well blended across 
in the same way, (see sample of work done on 5th page) then varnish. F 
shows the crotch 28, or feather plate work, which grains walnut, oak 
crotch, work also satin wood and mahogany, and can be used in either oil 
or distemper, the same as any other plate is used. For walnut or 
oak the under-grain should be first done on the panel or work with a 
broad-toothed steel or rubber comb, which leaves dark over-grain lines 
similar to a heart in oil color, and left to dry thoroughly, then, when dry, 
new and darker color put over it a second time, then the plate put on 
this last color and wiped out, clearly showing the previous under and 
over-grain simultaneously, (see bottom cross-stile of door), but the over- 
graining lines should be dark instead of light. For furthur explanation 
see color and using instructions which accompany the plates. 
' "Various portions of the plate may be used at intervals to make variety 
of patterns, so that with one panel plate a number of doors may be made 
entirely different from each other,, as all the designs in the various plates 
are made to match each other at any section, and the entire plates also \ 
match, so that an endless variety of pattern may be secured, and thus 
tame repetition avoided. 

"The plates, hearts especially, can be slid along forward in a straight 
direction or in twisted curves, (cloth combing the plate as before, while 
in motion. — See engraving showing the plate in full working action, 
page 6 of engravings), or the plate can be drawn backward toward the 
person using it, which makes the work smaller or finer than the forward 
slide, and produces hearts suitable for oak, walnut, butternut, ash, 
chestnut, cherry, rosewood, etc., by changing the grounds and graining 
color to suit the wood to be imitated, and sliding the plates backward or 
forward, or in curves, as you feel disposed to do, using the rubber, or 
coarse narrow steel comb, and cloth over the teeth, to bring out the sides 
of the heart into plain combing, or in parallel curved lines with the 
heart, check rolling, then blending the hearts well against the grain 
with a dry brush or blender, and finishing up the sides with fine steel 
combing alone. Thus it will be seen at a glance, that the designs pro- 
duced change with every motion of the plate, so that no two pieces can 
be alike, but have a continual change, as in the natural wood. 


The foregoing descriptive illustrations and engravings are sufficient, with 
little practice, to enable an}' person to handle the plates with rapidity and 

Further illustrations and instructions are put up in each set, together with 
the newest and best standard receipts for mixing and using all kinds of grain- 
ing colors, both in oil and distemper ; also their respestive groundingcolors 
for oak, walnut, ash, butternut, cherry, mahogany, rosewood, etc; but any 
good graining color, mixed as heretofore, will answer for plate work. 


The best working sizes to make the plates has been quite a study for j'ears, 
and after various trials and experiments, we find 20 to 22 inches long by 
6 or 7 inches wide is about the best and handiest working size for lights we 
have yet found, and is also the most portable and handy to carry ; while still 
shorter lengths for the hearts are found to work best, 20 inches long by 6 or 7 
inches wide, down to 16 inches long by 6 or 7 inches wide ; these are the 
standard sizes, as they can be easily held in position while working, and 
rapidly turned end for end to make long and continuous hearts ; are easily 
slid along to alter the pattern and make long stretches of work,— as per 
engraving Gth page ; hence the value of long or short plates is almost equal, 
as short ones have as much work or as many figures in them, for their length, 
as long ones. 


Having shown the various plates and mode of using them, will now present 
a more complete knowledge of them by a brief description of their manu- 
facture : • 

Will mention first that the plates are made of good, thin, flexible, and 
finely tempered metals; are designed and cut from choice, natural and artistic 
specimens from the natural wood, and, when necessary, hand work is intro- 
duced to make nature more elaborate and fancy ; thus combining nature and 
art together, with a grander result, than when depending solely on all nature, 
or all art, alone. To make the best work we find, after years of experience 
and large expenditure of time and money perfecting all the tools necessary to 
make the plates, that the greater part of them must be made and cut by hand, 
carefully allowing for strength between the spaces, and varying the design in 
every cut, as the metal stretches or expands out of place a little while cutting. 
Hence no two plates, although similar, are exactly alike, thus a good point is 
gained, that no machine cutting would ever accomplish. 

The surface of the plates are then corrugated b}' a peculiar process, to 
admit of air, and prevent the wet rubbed-in graining color on the work from 
being marred or injured with the plates, while being laid thereon to wipe out 
the figures or designs of the plates, which would otherwise suck off the color, 
if not thus corrugated After being put through the corrugating machine, 
they are then filled, cleaned on thoroughly polished bright surfaces, with fine 
steel wire brushes on a cylinder, so as to take out all unevenness, thoroughly 
lacquered over both surfaces, and are then complete, boxed up in sets ready 
for shipment. 

WM. J. BREGENZER, 771 Central Ave., S. E., Cleveland, O. 




We show on the 2nd, 3rd and 4tb pages of the engravings of many plates 
so that large or small sets of plates k,ay be readily selected therefrom by 
purchasers to suit themselves, as each plate is distinctly numbered on its 

We also show in the engravings the group of plate working tools, or 
attachments, necessary to work the plates to the best advantage, consist- 
ing of a Badger Hair Blender, 1 set of Steel Combs, 1 Top Grainer, for 
overgrammg maple, French burl walnut, etc., a specimen of which is 
shown on 5th page of engravings ; also, our new improved Check 
b tippler, which is for putting in the season pores or checks in oak heart 
work, and can be used to verv excellent advantage for stippling walnut in 
oil color, and gives to all grained work that it is used on, even though 
imperfectly executed, a hardwood-like and solid appearance. Kxtra plates 
can be purchased from time to time to complete all the plates we have 
herewith shown in the engravings, into one grand complete outfit of all 
of them, if desired. 

You may make up your own set, if you wish to. You may select any 
plates from any pages. Price $2.00 each; three or more $2.00 each. 

All sets of four plates or more, may have a check stippler, five inch fine 
steel comb, and one rubber pad included for $1.00 extra for all three if 
you wish. 


Prices of the Standard Sets of Metallic Graining Plates. 

The 14 plate set is the best and largest set now made, and a complete 
selection is fully shown on first page of engravings. The set is capable of 
graining all the different and difficult kinds of fine, rich graining now in 
demand, with an almost endless and ever-changing variety of designs. 

Price, including all working attachments or tools, consisting 
of one full set of best English steel combs ; one best badger hair blender • 
top-grainer or over-grainer ; new improved check stippJer ; polished steel 
working or wiping-out comb; hog hair flogger, long hair; one set rubber 
comb, 4 sides, cut graduated, used for plain combing of styles, v ase boards, 
etc. ; also a full working instruction pamphlet that explains every tmng, goes 
with every sale; only $30.00 or $27. without brushes, etc. but including 
check stippler, steel comb and rubber pad. 

The io plates set, which is shown on 2nd page of engravings, is capable 
of doing the same work as the above i4 plate set, less the amount of variety 
of plates, aud completes the next best set. Price, with all described wor- 
king tools enumerated in 14 plate set, only $23.50 No brushes, but in- 
cluding check stippler, five inch steel comb and one rubber pad $19.00 

The 8 plate set is well suited for all general graining, aud is capable of 
doing the same as the above 10 and 14 plate sets, but of course less the 
amount of change of designs and fine large variety of plates. Price, in- 
cluding every tool and attachment described in first set above mentioned 
(this set is fully shown on 7th page of engraving), only $19.50 no brushes, 
but including check stippler, five inch steel comb, and one rubber 
pad. $16.00 

The 6 plate set is well adapted to house painting and jobbing, and also 
for furniture and refrigerator manufacturers and those not desiring large 
varieties. Price, including all general working tools and attachments de- 
scribed in above 14 plate set, only $15.50. This set is well shown on bottom 
of 7th page of engravings. Price without attachments, but including 
check stippler, steel comb and one rubber pad, $12.50. 

The 4 plate set shown on 8th page of engravings, is valuable for small 
jobbing work only. Price, with all working tools above mentioned, only 
$12.00. No brushes etc. but including check stippler, steel comb, and 
one rubber pad, $9.00. 

Bach of these sets includes 1 rubber pad, 1 check stippler and 1 five 
inch fine steel comb. 

Single plates $2.00 each. 

The above prices are strictly net cash ; ask for no other terms, unless on 
large orders for a quantity of sets. 

Each outfit is inspected and tried by the patentee before shipment. 

Price of full set of best English steel combs, in tin case, 

* $1.25. 

Badger hair blenders, $1.20. 

Extra fan shape, best bristle top grainer, for overgraining all work 
in distemper, 40 cents. 

New improved check stippler, as shown in every set, 50 ct. 
Add 10 to 15 cents extra if sent by mail. 

WM. J. BREGENZER, 771 Central Ave., S. E., Cleveland, O. 


All the working attachments alone, shown in group on 3d page of 
engravings, $4.50, including dogger and rubber set comb. 
PI Single fine, five inch wide, polished steel combs, having 12 
Hllllll teeth per inch, and very useful and essential for working the 
plates with when out of the fine combs belonging to full set, and 
specially used to wipe out the plate work exclusively, price 40 cents 
each. Any two combs cleated side by side to make width will do. 

Large extra rubber set comb, four sides cut graduated, for 
combing out door stilings, ete., and not needed nor supplied to 
work the plates with, and used for heavy coarse combing only, 
price, only 40 cents each, or 3 for $1.00. 

Extra long heavy bristle walnut water color pouncers or 
stipple fioggers, best selected, working size, price $ 1.10 each. 
3 inch steel comb, teeth graduated from fine to course, just 
right for combing the panel work before applying the lights, price 30 

Price of Rosewood Plate, No. 12, shown on 4ih page of engravings, 
$2.00. "With all necessary working attachments, consisting of a Badger 
Hair Blender, one fine wide Steel Comb, and one improved Check 
Stippler, only $4.00. This completes an excellent Eosewood outfit, for 
coffins, caskets, etc. 

Price of either French Walnut Plate, No. 27, or Crotch Plate, No. 28, 
each §2.0 0» With all necessary working attachments consisting of a 
Badger Hair Blender, one fine working wide Steel Comb, one new im- 
proved Check Stippler, and a French Burl Overgralner. This makes 
a complete French Walnut and Maple outfit, price only $ 4.25. Price of 
both plates, 27 and 28, together, without any attachments, only $4.00. 
Price of both plates together with all attachments as above stated with 
27, or French Walnut and Maple outfit, only $6.25. This outfit is fully 
shown on page 4, and sample of Burl Walnut on page 5 of engravings 
and crotch work on bottom door stile on 8th page. Later designs now. 


Metallic Graining Plates. ^ 

Choice of any metal plate in the entire Catalogue - net, $2.00 each. 
Three or more plates - - - - " 2.00 each. 

Rubber Pads. 
Pads No. 1 and 2, - - - - << .50 each 

Pads No. 3 and 4, - . _ 'so each. 

Pad No. A. - - . - - _ . « .75 each. 

Patent Blending Comb - - - " .25 each. 

Set of 5 Pads, and Blending Comb - - - ! " 2.75 

Terms cash, or part cash with C. O. D. bal., as per catalogue, if de- 
sired, and to examine. 

••" Dealers' trade specially solicited. 

Kindly make your selection and take advantage of these very low 

Yours very respectfully, 


771 Central Ave , S. E , Cleveland, (X 

W. J. Bregenzer Metallic Graining Plates and Rubber Pads. 


Detailed Description with Engravings, 



Patented Juue 7tli, 1898, (Filed Nov, 13, 1896.) 


Pads I and 2 size S"x 5%" f Pads 3 and 4 5^"x 5tf" t Pad A f 3#"x 5^". 

Pad No. 1. 

Pad No. ». Quartered Oak. These p ads haye 

been in practical and 
successful use by us 
for almost two } T ears 
prior to filing the pat- 
ent. They are made 
of flexible sheet rub- 
ber about one-third 
the surface size of our 
patent metal graining 
plates, so well known 
and so largely in use 
all over the United 
States, Canada, and 
some foreign coun- 


have relief lines and 
Pad No. 3. Pad No. 4. Pad No. A. figures on the surface 

as per engraving, and 
are used in connection with the GRAINING PLATES, thus giving 
greater variety. A set of these new Pads will last longer and works 
entirely different to the old-fashioned rubber rolls shaped like a 
wringer with lines cut therein. One of our Pads is worth a dozen such 
rolls, and can be used to grain hollow, warped, and uneven surfaces 
and mouldings as easily as plain surfaces. For in working these pads, 
they are combed with pressure on the back or smooth side while draw- 
ing both comb and pad over the work at different rates of speed, the 
same as the metal graining plates are worked, hence irregular surfaces, 
mouldings, etc., are as easily grained as a smooth panel, and with end- 
less variety. (See engraving.) 

Another way of working the pads is to roll them up, they are then 
soft and flexible and more easily handled than those in the solid roll, 
and also give a greater variety of patterns on account of having a 
larger surface. 

To make the best and most natural HEART GRAINING, any of the 
metal heart plates, and Pads No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 should be used alternately. 

For Quartered Oak, any of the metal quartered oak plates and Pad 
No, A. should be selected, and also used alternately. 

By the combined use of both plates and pads the greatest satisfaction 
is obtained, because of the effective and pleasing variety thus secured. 



All goods sent securely packed to any address, on receipt of full amount 
per P. O. order, Registered Letter, or Draft on New York. 

All goods which are sent C. O. D. shall have orders granting privilege 
of examination thereof, at express office, before paying; but $2.oo of the 
C. O. D. amount must invariably be paid ahead to us, before any C. O D. 
order will be sent, which will be deducted from the C. O. D. bill accom- 
panying the goods. 

All orders having 50 cents or $1.00 extra, besides the cash amount of 
set required, can have them shipped free oi all express and return 
money charges, to any distant part of the United States 
m either one or two packages, secure and safe, by IT. S. mail registered 

All Canadian orders must invariably be accompanied with draft on 
K Y., or P. O. for full amount. • 

All European, Australian, and orders from other foreign countries must 
also be accompanied with draft on New York or London for full amount of 

to'delSon 1 ' WUh $5 '°° ° r £1 Steillng eXLni ' t0 PI ' e ' Pay sM P ment ^ goods 

Quantities of plates and sets are supplied to agents in -job lots at re- 
duced rates, for cash only. 

N. B. All persons are warned not to purchase or use Metallic or 
Graining Stencil Plates, of any design, material or pattern whatever, 
unless obtained from the patentee's headquarters and stamped with 
my name, patent, trade mark, etc. 

State, county and township rights for sale at a small percentage on 
the population contained therein. 

For further particulars, terms, etc., address, giving name of your 
county and State in plain writing, and enclose stamp with all letters 9 
needing a prompt written reply, to 



11\ Central Ave., S. E., Cleveland, O. ^ 


Any plates can be chosen from this set, if desired, and mixed with any of the 
STANDARD CATALOGUE SETS, at same rates, pages 17 and 18. 




Indestructible Perforated Metallic Graininff Tools 








The above metallic plates will wipe nut clean bright work even on new wood (r.o paint for a ground) shellacked or oil new wood. One coat 
work or priming— 2, 3 or more coat* jVo hand work or other graining procesa will grain on less than 3 or 4 coata, and make clean work. 
The le-ig paint costs used for the ground the ler<s liable to crack, blister, or peel. Particular? dark graining and work exposed to the 
ami. There are valuable and economical facts for both painter aud house owner to consider. 

(Don't be misled by any glue rubber rollers or by any perishable, worthless, slow and unclean absorbing or blotting off paper nonsense at a high 
costp er yard, and which is absolutely destroyed and consumed as soon as used, requiring continual renewing and expense. 

The above Metallic Plates enable airy person, skilled or unskilled, to- produce artistic 
and natural Graining, in a prolific and endless variety of designs, without previous skill or 
practice, in less than *^ the usual time required heretofore — wiping 1 out the work clean 
and bright as by hand-work. No uncleanly blotting off the color or transfers done with 
paper and other perishable patterns, leaving an unsightly scum of color behind. (As the 
varnish darkens all work; the very cleanest wiping out is therefore important and necessary.) 
Over twenty years' experience with everything in graining proves this fact: that to cleanly 
remove color, it must he wiped out, all other processes to transfer the color are therefore 
a failure, tor above and following reasons: too expensive and slow for general and practical 
work ; while used clogs up with color, and makes dirtier work after every impression. 
Too awkward, clumsy and unhandy to hold in firm position on the work, requiring continu- 

WM. J. BREGENZER, 771 Central Ave., S. E., Cleveland, O. 

ous cutting, fitting and renewal of material, incurring constant expense at a high cost fof 
material and labor; besides, a man will never learn but forget the Art of Graining' by 
using blank patterns, while with the New Patent Perforated Metallic Plates every design 
is clearly seen through the perforations therein while the work is in progress, allowing the 
operator to use his own taste and judgment along with the work as it progresses and by 
reversing the plates at different sections, sliding, etc., quickly maiiing endless mid contin- 
uous changes and varieties of pattern from each Plate, and truly teaching iiim the very 
art of graining itself, so that a full 14 plate set of the tools will make him a quick and first- 
cla?s hand grainer long before the said set of plates are worn out, which is guaranteed to 
do, if carefully used, many thousands of yards of clean, wiped out and rich work before used 
up, averaging only about one cent for each ten yards of work done with each plate; while 
their speed is on the average of more thanfour (lay's Work (by hand or by any other process) 
done in a single day with the Plates Ths liandiness of using them in the sizes they are 
made, also facilitates their rapid application, as they fit anywhere where a steel graining 
comb fits; and any surface, rough smooth large or small can be rapidly and cleanly grained, 
while with larger plates or roller patterns it is utterly impossible to hold them in firm and 
steady position (a very important requirement) on the work, rendering a larger plate or 
sheet virtually impracticable to control with rapidity and success. Tho above descriptive 
illustration and explanation will demonstrate facts and truths wrought out by many 
years' experience — based on sound practical principles and experimental tests with every 
known material, proving the Metallic Plates herein described to be the only satisfactory 
and perfect outcome of all graining inventions to date. The engravings above shown are of 
the latest designs of the Metallic Plates, and a few plates of Hearts, Lights etc. are all 
that is needed by a first-class hand grainer to facilitate and push large jobs of graining 
through quickly* hut to make set perfect add standard plates, pages 1, 2 and 3, with them. 

By oar new patent Electro Metal process just issued, we are now enabled to supply the 
'rnest and choicest plates from natural wood designs, being actually perforated metal veneers, 
finer and more perfect by the aid of electricity than is possible for the hand of man to produce. 
Each plate if carefully used is calculated to produce from $50 to $100 dollars worth of work 
before worn out, or in other words, as above stated, to produce from 600 to 1000 square yards, 
estimating the average, popular market price for graining alone at 10 cts. per yard. Yet it 
can be done for one-fifth of this with our plates, and still make big money for the user as well as 
give thorough and perfect satisfaction to the customer having the work done. Therefore no. 
unclean blottingor transfersdone with expensive and perishable paper that has to be renewed- 
about every 5 or 10 minutes (thereby eating up the entire profits of the work) can by any 
means compare or compete with our process, for all general graining purposes, even if each 
plate done but one-tenthof above amount of w T oik claimed. A word to the ivise is sufficient. 

One of the most important features of the value of our graining tools is the fact that the 
graining done thereby, readily and quickly assimilates with the finest hand graining, and 
cannot be told apart which is plate and which is hand work; as the plate work is equally»as 
clean and bright as the hand work, and therefore can be interwoven together one with the 
other, so as to help out long stretches of work that would be very tedious to do all by hand, 
and with no other known process. of graining but our plates can this union of hand work in 
combination with plate work be accomplished. 

Our latest prices for plates and sets are popular, and now within the reach of all buyers, 

All ihe above plates and other specialties in Catalogue are fully secured by many pat 
ents in the XJ. S. and foreign countries, and a\\ infringements thereof will be strictly deu\ 
with. The above Plates are finely made of good, flexible metal, that will last years oi 
regular work with ordinary care, as they never get clogged up with color, and as they are 
self-cleaning and constantly cleaned while in the action of using them on the work, are 
always bright and handsome in appearance, and though they are very lasting, double their 
durability can be further increased by a little solder applied to any worn or disconnected 
parts from time to tirae, which is easily and quickly done by a tinner, thereby getting the 
wear and use of three or four additional plates out of each plate before it is used up or 
entirely destroyed, and thus costing less than 50 cts. each on an average of first cost. These 
Plates are each an entire machine in itself, giving off score? of different designs, and a 
lew years ago were sold at $5.00 to $7.00, and even more each, and taking into considera- 
tion their great lasting- qualities, the rapidity of producing fine, clean work in endless 
variety from each plate, the splendid designs of the plates and the instructive knowledge of 
the art of graining" they convey to the user are really worth that amount still; but owing 
to increased manufacturing facilities they are now sold at much lower prices* 

Hoping to hear from yon with order* 
Yours very respectfully, Wl. J. BREGEHZER. 771 Central Ave., S. E„ Cleveland. 0. 

New Fatal Indestructible Metallic Fresco Stencils. 


These goods are an entire new departure from the old perishable paper stencils, and 
X less than one-tenth the price when their durability is taken into consideration, to say 
nothing of being much more easily and rapidly handled, doing the work in less than § of the 
time consumed in applying a frail paper stencil to the work which soon breaks up, is hard 
to hold in position, gets full of color and has to be thrown away and a new one adopted 
instead, besides the constant trouble and loss of time cutting them. The ties or connections 
in a paper stencil have to be broad and clumsy, so as to be strong, while with the new patent 
Metallic Stencil the ties or connections are so thin and delicate as to be almost impercept- 
ible, and yet r.trong. By my new patent process of making the Metal Stencils, they are 
perfectly flat and level} no buckling or unevenness, and lies snug and secure to the work, 
allowing no oolor whatever to get underneath. These new patent Metal Fresco Stencils 
are made by a new Electro process, just patented, without any hammering or cutting out 
with dies or edge-tools, or by acid etching, all of which stretches the metal and makes an 
uneven lying stencil. Either of these stencils will outwear several hundred perishable^ 
paper ones. The patterns which are now ready are as follows — see engravings: No. 1. 
Corner-piece, and also makes Center-piece, size of No. 1, 11^x11^. No. 2. Border, that 
matches No. 1, to continue around a room, ceiling or panel, size of No. 2, 14x6i. No. 3. 
Border, also matches No. 1, the same as No. 2, size of No. 3, 10x5*. No. 4. Ornamental 
Flower, for panel, size of No. 4, 10fx6^. No. 5. Running' Border, for around panel or 
along wainscot. Matches nicely around No. 4 ornamental flower for panel. Size of No. 5, 13fx4. 
No. 6. Border, also matches around panel ornament No. 4. Size, of No. 6, 8fx4. No. 7. 
Dado Pattern, makes nice wainscot border round a room, also does for large panel stars in 
center of numerous chalkline struck diagonals, etc. to fill large panels. Size of Dado 
pattern, No. 7, 4x4. Altogether there are seven choice designs in the entire outfit. ir.&King 
in all a splendid set, and makes first-class work in oil or water color. Every house and fresco 
painter should have the above set, as they will last years of hard and constant work, will 
not curl up, warp and spoil like paper patterns while not in use, and no trouble to clean, 
as^ they are always bright and clean while in use or not in use, and they will do the work of 
$50.00 worth of perishable paper patterns. The whole set of seven is sold for the low 
price of §4.00. 

If sold separate, as follows, viz.: — 

No. l f $1.00; No. 2, 80 cts.; No. 3, 60 cts.; No. 4, 60 cts.; No. 5, 60 cts.; No. 
6, 50 cts,; No. 7, 40 cts. sent to any address on receipt of price, or by mail for 10 cts. 
each, additional to the above prices. We have many other designs but the above set is a 
standard assortment for general work. 

Second Set:— No. 6, $1.00 ; No. 7, $1-00; No. 8, 75 cts.; No. 9, 76 cts.; No. 10, 
75 cts.; No, 11, 40 cts. Set of 6 for $4.00. 


Pertaining to the Painting and Decorating Business. 


Many of which are Valuable and haTe cost many a man from $5.00 to $20.00, .iust to get to know 
what is thoroughly explained by one of these receipts, price 10 cents each, fifteen for $1.00, or 
$3.00 for them all, neatly printed and secured, so aB to be kept a good many years 'for future ref- 
erence. They are as follows; 

1. The six golden rules for the proper formation of Boman letters. 

2. Lowercase Roman, italic capitals and lower case italic. 
8. Block, Egyptian or half block, Fcript. 

4. Spacing letters proportionately on the sign. 

5. Walllettering and how to do it any size. 

6. How to lay out a sign correctly. 

7. Coloring and shading letters, signs, efc, in harmony. 

8. Proper harmonizing, compounding and mixing of all colors for house and sign wort, 

9. How to flock and smalt signs. 

10. How to coat sign boards tnat will stand the weather. 

11. All about sizing and gilding. 

12. How to shade gold designs, scrolls, etc 

15. Gilding on glass. 

14. How to execute pearl work in a neat and perrect manner. 

15 Imitation peail work. 

16. Proper mode of etebing gold and silver on glass. , 

17. Engraving and ornaini nting glass wiih acid. 

18. How to make floric acid and the requiied protective varnisn. 

19. Painting and. gilding on silk, banners, etc. 

SO. How to size and gild Japan tin signs properly, 

21. Solution for silvering glass. 

23. Proper mode of gilding porcelain, china and glassware. 

23. How to make neat, cheap enamel numbers for hotels, church pews, etc 

24. How to make excellent imitation enameled glaca. 

25. Window shade painting. 

26. To make the best and most durable sign boards. 

27. All about show card writing and how to do it perfectly. 

28. How to do 1 ettering on muslin, transparencies, etc. 

29. Magic tracing paper. 

80. How to make the best transparent tracing paper. 

31. Saving waste gold leaf. 

32. How to remove flock smalt, and old cracked paint from sign boards, front doors, etc* 
83, How to make smalts of all colors for sign work, etc. 

34. Frosting for show cards, signs, ete., how used. 

35. To prevent color from crawling. 

86. Howto make the best Bhellac varnish and knotting. „.„ u _ mjtmj m ao ^ _ e . 

37. HUode of taking perfect impressions from prints, etc (f> s^ 1 § £ 5^ ^ = § d £ 

38. How to make soluble glaes. -J g,| § fe* ~^§S-g g °rt 

39. Mode of drilling and on. amenting glass. 2 * a^ = 3<2*-S J; d u s2 

40. How to make first class and chtap door plates £ 5 °^ 5 ?§"£ 5« I- •*• 

41. Totransferprintstoglaes. ~ i^isl°o8bII'S 
42 m How to make paper in io parchment. C3 **3J S** 3 ?..! 15 fv. J ' 

43. Gilding glass signs, etc.. shot method. gp»fp sfe- ":. = It! -" 

44. Howto make and use Gilder's oil gold size. ^^ £ If J* bl'S » Tcj * 

45. Gildinsron v ood. ^?3f - 13 *JTSh2§? 

46. To make gold lacquer and gold varnish. ^^3 *'§3»i« od so 

47. How to Bilver and gild ivory. Sifl^lI'sSi^l 

48. Reviver for gilt frames to make like hpw. SSfifi °% U §2 S Iff'S 

49. How to make letters and flowers on polished etet\.. BC{ 3,$ * si*"! gl * I g i 

50. To silver looking glasses. CD«= jf tB * *?i*x 

51. 1 1 ow to wash or plate iron and steel with gold. i*' a f S oof E" ^ 

52. Jet or polish, for wood or leather, bluck, red or any color. y . Z4a « I? 1 5 8 T-Sg 
->3. How to make ilapin dryer, best quality. C^3 9 %*>>= 2 ° (SB * 
54. To make dry ng oil equal to patent dryer at one-fourth tka arfC*. *^ t»»g ° 2 3 ~S = iiS g 
B5. How tomake all kinds of polishes. 1 ^ ,w ' DCg S | - g*g *|| o I 
6e. Fictitious linseed oil how made. ^Jo.-ia°fl5 = ;;| 

57. How to make beautiful pale amber varnish. ■ 2 I stj^SS °c£t 

58. To make the best body varnish. f mm * «* 1 1 I 9 II ! H* 
50. Carriage varnish, best quality ^^?' 2 «" P,(, H'° %"% g 

60. Incomiuistible compound iron paint. ^™ g I = a! £ >>- "^ * » « 

61. Good, durable and cheap onteide paint. ™"^ -g ° g/3 3 S-g g£ 

62. Farmers' paint, beet formula known. •^p.sjwfl S-s ^^•o n 

63. Premium paint without lead or oil, very durable. ^% °.™o2o| Sg I* 

64. Milk paint for barns, any color. 1^ a%2£ = = «§« 

65. Hovy to make school blackboard composition. > ~' D " »■ - *>- a 

All orders for the above recipes mu l pian.ty slate their respective names and numbers nr>4 invari- 
ably be accompanied with the ca^h. A-'drees ail c< mmunicarior s in plain writin" giving vout 
name of county, etc, , «nclo*ing stamp with all letters needing a prompt written reply to 


771 Central Ave., S. E„ Cleveland, O. 


New Patent Metal Fresco Stencils 

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The above cuts are new additional Graining Plates and Fresco Stencils.